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This consultation is now closed.

We are consulting on the admission policies for our community and voluntary controlled schools and also on the schemes describing the processes used in Torbay for Primary, Secondary and In-Year admissions.

Admission arrangements should be clear, reasonable and objective and must comply with the legislation on which they are based (the School Admissions Code 2014 gives more detail about this). Please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for improvements.

Primary Scheme
The way that applications for children to start in the reception class in primary school are processed.
Secondary Scheme
The way that applications for children to transfer from primary to secondary school at the end of year 6 are processed.
In Year Scheme
The process for applicants who want their child to move school outside of the normal times (i.e. reception and the end of year 6).
Admission Arrangements for C and VC schools 2020-21
The admission policies for community and voluntary controlled schools in 2020/21.

The TIPS 8 Booklet summarises these arrangements and will be updated according to changes made following feedback. We welcome your suggestions on improvements to any of these documents.

TIPS 8 Booklet
Primary and Secondary School Admissions Booklet

Please submit your consultation response by email pupil.services@torbay.gov.uk or by post to:

Student Services
Room SF338
Torbay Council
Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay TQ1 3DR

Details of the main changes to the policies

This section relates to the specific admission policies for the following schools in Torbay:

  • Brixham Church of England Primary School
  • Furzeham Primary School
  • Homelands Primary School
  • Sherwell Valley Primary School
  • Watcombe Primary School

There are two proposed changes to the admission policies for these schools.

  1. To address exceptional situations where a property has been newly built and its co-ordinates cannot be identified for purposes of measurement. The changed wording indicates that the closest point that can be measured will be used for distance calculations. This is not a change of policy; the intention remains to measure distance from home to school as accurately as possible.
  2. To propose that where there is a genuine shared care arrangement between two parents living separately or where there is no legal agreement and a child lives between two homes, parents will be able to nominate which address should be used as the admission address as long as they can evidence that the child lives at the address. Addresses of other relatives cannot be used.

Rationale for changes

  1. Some houses are so newly built that they have not yet been given co-ordinates on the mapping systems available to Torbay Council. Therefore a means of measuring distance has to be used that is as fair as possible. Every effort is made to identify co-ordinates but sometimes this data is not available at the time it is needed.
  2. Where children live between two homes on an equal basis currently decisions about the admission address are based on the home of the parent receiving child benefit. However, it is recognised that this can now be a financial decision rather than an indication of a primary carer. Therefore it seems fairer in these circumstances for parents to nominate one of their addresses where the child lives for half of the week.

The admission arrangements for C and VC schools includes the co-ordinated schemes. Changes to these schemes are listed below.

There is one change to these arrangements:

Where parents have not been allocated any other their preferred schools they will now be able to change their preferences without giving up the school place already allocated.

Rationale for change

Under the current scheme parents can only change their preferences after the allocation day if there is a material change in their circumstances, unless they give up the place already allocated. Under the new proposal parents who have not been given any of their preferred schools will also be able to change their preferences without giving up their allocated school place.

The reason for this change is because on the allocation day, data are published showing why places have been allocated at each of the schools and this gives parents additional information to see why their child may not have been given a place at any of their preferred schools. It enables them to make a more informed choice in the hope that their child can be given a place at a preferred school. It is hoped that this will enable more children to attend one of their parent’s preferred schools.

Feedback is welcomed on any aspect of the proposed admission arrangements and schemes including primary and secondary timetable dates that are updated each year, the Co-ordinated In Year Scheme and the TIPS 8 Booklet. Please note, the National Offer days are fixed in legislation and cannot be changed.